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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2012, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looks for a receiver during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Miami. Brady agreed to a three-year contract extension with New England on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, a person familiar with the contract told The Associated Press. The extension is worth about $27 million and will free up nearly $15 million in salary cap room for the team. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Watch No. 12: Brady vs. Rodgers

Thursday, November 27, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers really do have a lot in common. During this season’s first month, the star quarterbacks of the Patriots and Packers were facing questions about their teams’ slow starts. It’s no coincidence New England and Green Bay are now playing at extremely high levels. Consistent, outstanding play by both QBs has their clubs on … 0

Patriots want to slow Packers

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots are one of the NFL’s best teams in the first half. Just not as good as the fast-starting Green Bay Packers when they’re at home. That’s where the Patriots (9-2) will be putting their seven-game winning streak on the line Sunday in their fourth straight game against a division leader. “We’re playing Green Bay in Green Bay,” … 0

Pats taking no prisoners

Monday, November 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots have piled up points and big victory margins against NFL division leaders. Now they’re preparing to face another one and leaving all those routs behind. “Nobody is happier than I am when we win, but right now all that doesn’t really mean anything going into Green Bay,” coach Bill Belichick said Monday. “They’re playing real good football … 0

Brady passes Pats over Lions

Sunday, November 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots showed off their passing game one week after a brilliant rushing performance. The outcome was the same: a blowout win over a top team. Throw in a defense that held the Detroit Lions without a touchdown and two outstanding special teams plays, … 0

Patriots brace for Lions’ D

Friday, November 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — It’s no surprise that the New England Patriots lead the NFL in scoring. In the past four seasons, they’ve done that twice and finished third twice. But the Detroit Lions allowing the fewest points? Now there’s … 0

Blount back with Pats for stretch run

Thursday, November 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — LeGarrette Blount’s teammates are glad to have him back in a New England Patriots uniform. Which one he wears, though, is still up in the air. Some players had trouble recognizing the 6-foot, 250-pound running back on Thursday after he signed and donned No. 60 for … 0

Brady’s arm, hair impressing Lions

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tom Brady has played as well as any quarterback in the NFL during the New England Patriots’ six-game winning streak, but Brady’s former teammate, current Detroit Lions safety James Ihedigbo, said there’s something else about the four-time Super Bowl-champion signal caller that impresses him most. “He’s Tom Brady,” … 0

Brady facing increased role vs. Lions?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady didn’t have to throw much or especially well for the New England Patriots to get their sixth straight win. He figures to play a bigger role when they go for their seventh. One week after they relied on the running game — 37 carries … 0

Big tight ends wreak havoc

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Rob Gronkowski makes a twisting, leaping, one-handed catch. The super-sized tight end swats away would-be tacklers. He celebrates touchdowns with a powerful spike that, somehow, doesn’t knock the air out of the ball. “Imagine trying to cover that,” said Tom Brady, whose defensive teammates with the … 0

Gray takes center stage in Patriots’ run game

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Have you heard the one about the little-known running back who went from standup comic in college to sudden sensation for the AFC’s best team? Please welcome to the stage Jonas Gray. “Back in the day,” … 0

Surging Pats ride strong passing, running, defense

Monday, November 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Need a quarterback to throw for four touchdowns or a running back to rush for four? The New England Patriots have those. How about a defense to dominate the NFL’s highest scoring team? The Patriots have … 0

Patriots a measuring stick for Luck, Colts

Friday, November 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck has lived with his mistakes from last year’s loss to the Patriots all through the offseason. It’s time to move on. The Colts’ quarterback, who threw four interceptions in last season’s playoff loss to New England, is ready to make amends in Round 3. … 0

Patriots D preparing to stop Colts QB Luck

Thursday, November 13, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — New England quarterback Tom Brady this week praised nearly everything about Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck. On Thursday, Pats defenders said they also admire the guy they’re hoping to stop. “He’s a leader, he’s everything you want in a football player, and especially to be a quarterback,” … 0